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When he went to France to requisition aid for the colonies in the war against the British, the heads of French court thought that surely anyone in the colonies would be a frontiersman. Franklin lived in a city, but he figured it would help to play along, so Ben ordered a coonskin cap to be sent to France. It became quite a hit (as did Ben) with the ladies of the court. To see a drawing of Franklin in his hat, click the link below.

According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Franklin wore a hat made of soft marten fur, which he obtained on a trip to Canada seeking support for the Revolution. I don't believe that he wore an actual coon-skin cap as widely purported.

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